BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE PEDESTRIAN MOVEMENT LESSON PLAN
Born out of postmodern dance, the addition of “everyday,”“regular,” “pedestrian” movement into a daily lesson plan or choreography every now and then can take the dynamics of class or rehearsal in a whole new direction for a fresh change of pace.Read More
FOUR ACROSS THE FLOOR EXERCISES FOR EVERY BEGINNER MUSICAL THEATRE CLASS
Beginner Musical Theatre Teachers will agree that there are a few essentials to build foundation, technique and stylization for every new dancer learning the style. While the art of across the floor progressions is becoming more and more extinct, it is a fundamental part of class that should always be included. This is where dancers will learn traveling technique, how to build upon phrases, increase memory and picking up material, learn stylization and implement their locomotor skill set and spatial awareness....
TRUSTING YOUR DANCE TEACHER ABILITIES
We train our dancers to take everything with a grain of salt; to take the compliments and the criticisms, to not get too high or too low about accomplishments and failures. We prepare them for the harshness of the outside world, to tackle rejection with grace, to understand things will not always go in their favor and to reconcile that people can be unkind. We motivate them to develop self-worth that will keep their heads high and their confidence unwavering and we aim to instill an inner voice which reminds them they are meant for great things and that their talents are unique to the world. We send them out into the world hopefully ready to take it on, not let anyone stand in there way and believe, with hard work, they can do anything they set their minds to....Read More
BUDGET FRIENDLY IDEAS FOR CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAYS AT YOUR STUDIO
With the holidays upon us, this is a great time for studio owners to tap into the joyous spirit that is radiating inside your doors and bond with students and faculty; building on the feeling of camaraderie, team work and the unified studio family you all are lucky to have. During the year, everyone gets so wrapped up on deadlines and choreography that we sometimes forget to stop and be grateful for each other, the gift of dance we receive every day and the second home we are all able to come to on a daily basis!.......Read More
IMPROVE SPOTTING WITH TWO EASY EXERCISES & PROGESSIONS
Spotting is perhaps one of the most challenging concepts for young dancers to grasp and often to teach as well. Without it we are at a standstill in terms of improving and progressing turning ability so taking the time to really focus on this skill with your students in crucial during training. Below are my favorite exercises to help dancers really hone in on the skill and improve quickly and efficiently.Read More
HELPING DANCE STUDIO OWNERS WORLDWIDE TO THRIVE!
Despite what the outside world may think, running a successful dance studio is not easy. As the Dance Studio Owner, you wear many different hats and keeping everything in order can stressful. Scheduling, creating choreography, class content, ordering costumes, dealing with student, parent and faculty issues and trying to balance your personal life is a juggling act that you face every day.Read More
KINDNESS & COURTESY COUNT... AT COMPETITION
When we head into competition season we are usually engulfed in setting pieces, rehearsing, ordering costumes and perfecting every last detail so that it is show ready. We spend countless months coming up with concepts for our dances, organizing schedules and ensuring that our dancers not only know their choreography but are performing with their hearts from the inside-out. We take great pleasure in watching them onstage; not so much for the fact of where they place, but to see their progress from where they started to where they currently are....Read More
As Thanksgiving and the holidays approach us, it is a great time to sit and reflect on all the things in life that matter most. In a world of uncertainty, getting up everyday to breathe the air we breathe and do what we love day in and day out, surrounded by our loved ones, is certainly cause to celebrate. It's also a great time to pause and give thanks for all the abundance that we are granted.....
FOUR ESSENTIALS TO EVERY JAZZ CLASS CURRICULUM
When lesson planning for any class, there are infinite avenues a teacher can take to teach the genre effectively. Jazz itself, in nature, is one of those idioms where teaching the technique correctly should also be compounded with other important ‘lessons within those lessons’ to create a well-rounded dancer and performer. With influences from many other dance areas, there are endless things to teach your students when building vernacular and jazz movement profile..........Read More
LESSON PLANNING FOR YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS DANCERS
Dance Teachers, at some point in your teaching career you will come across dancers with special needs; whether it is associated with Autism, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, social-behavioral or emotional issues, physical limitations, etc. These children are coming to dance class for the same reason any other child comes to dance…to have fun, to learn and to be around other students participating in an activity that facilitates both physicality and thinking. It is surprising how many dance teachers are uninformed and unsure of what activities might be appropriate.Read More
DANCE STUDIO OWNERS: TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE
You don’t need or have to have all of the answers all of the time. Read that through again and really let it sink in. Now I am not suggesting that you put it off because you are avoiding confrontation but when you give yourself time to gather all of the facts and think it through, the answers, in many cases will come to you clearer and most of the time with better results. Much better!Read More
FUN IDEAS TO BOOST STUDIO MORALE
Being a studio owner involves the constant juggling of many hats; often all at the same time. Certain seasons and groupings of dancers lend itself to everyone being connected, excited and full of team spirit. However, that sense of camaraderie and team focus doesn’t always surface and if it does, can dwindle; only to have to be rebuilt all over again once a new season begins..........Read More
HOW DO YOU LET GO OF NEGATIVE DANCE STUDENTS?
What do you do when you have a student who’s extremely talented, naturally gifted and a brilliant performer but their attitude outshines the aforementioned? How do you handle the lack of respect, the inappropriate comments to peers, the insults to your studio and the all-around negativity? While it may seem tempting to bite your lip because these type of talented dancers make your studio “look good,” the long term ramifications can affect your business, the precedent you’re setting and the example you’re setting for the other students......Read More
BASIC EXERCISES FOR BEGINNER MUSICAL THEATER CENTER WARMUP
Below is a sampling of my beginner, center musical theatre warmup. It’s always important to remember to include a solid technical warmup as well as stylistic, cardiovascular and performance elements into your class. This will create a well-rounded foundation and get your students introduced to the basic elements of theatre jazz while building strength, flexibility and technique!....Read More
MORE CORE PLEASE!
Teachers, we all recognize that core strength is essential to any strong, technically sound dancer. While we aim to teach our students to always move from the inside out vs. from the extremities (i.e. arms, legs, etc.,) getting started to build towards a sound center takes work and committed practice...Read More